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Whistling Woman (Appalachian Journey) [Kindle Edition]

CC Tillery , Christy Tillery French , Caitlyn Hunter , John Tillery
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What readers are saying:

Celia H. Miles, Southern fiction author and editor:
This is family based fiction/history at its best...a story that keeps you reading, wondering, hoping, just as if you were there in the community of Hot Springs, NC.

Wendy Dingwall, Publisher and author:
[The] first sentence grabbed my interest right away...I like stories that offer inspiration and happy endings and this gave me both. I sure hope there’s another book coming about Bessie.

Sherry Cannon, reader:
This book will grab your attention from the first sentence and never let you down for the entire read.

Betty Dravis, Multi-genre author:
What more can I say, except that this book screams for a sequel.

Whistling Woman

“Death first touched my life on an early fall night in 1895 when Papa came home carrying a dead man in his arms.”

...a young woman’s journey of self-discovery in the mountains of western North Carolina during the waning years of the 19th century.

From the author:

Readers liken Whistling Woman to Wilma Dykeman’s The Tall Woman, Catherine Marshall’s Christy, and Laura Ingall Wilder’s Little House series with the southern charm of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

Take a journey back in time to the mountains of western North Carolina with this engaging page turner, CC Tillery’s debut novel, which combines historical detail, romance, action, “with a good solid story,” “colorful characters,” and a “talent for rich story telling.”

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About the Author

CC Tillery is the pseudonym of two sisters, both authors who came together to write the story of their great aunt Bessie in Whistling Woman. Tillery is their maiden name and the C’s stand for their first initials. One C is Cyndi Tillery Hodges. Cyndi writes under the pseudonym of Caitlyn Hunter. She is the author of the Eternal Shadows series and Winds of Fate, all paranormal romances based on Cherokee legends. She has also written several contemporary romance short stories and a fantasy novella. To find out more about her work, visit her website, The other C is Christy Tillery French. Christy is a multi-published, award winning writer who writes suspense and thrillers. She is the author of The Bodyguard series and four stand-alone suspense novels. To find out more about her work, visit her website, To find out more about Whistling Woman and the people it is based on, visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spring Creek Press (December 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H7Z5D2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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134 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Read December 6, 2011
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This book will grab your attention from the first sentence and never let you down for the entire read. It is a book based on real people and true occurences. If you enjoy a story that includes characters you will care about and want to know more; Cherokee Indian legends; folk lore; and so much more, you will love this book. The story takes place at the turn of the 20th century in the mountains of North Carolina, and is so well written that you feel like you're the one living in this time and place. I do recommend that you have some time available because when you start this book, it is very difficult to lay it down. I wanted to know what would happen next. And now that I've read Whistling Woman, I hope the authors are already working on the sequel!!!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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When novelists Christy Tillery French and Cyndi Hodges (aka Caitlyn Hunter) were children, sitting at their father's knee while he told them stories about their independent Great-aunt Bessie, they never dreamed that one day they would write a book about her. But that's just what these popular writers did! Whistling Woman is a touching memoir of this unique North Carolina woman of the late 19th century.

I was especially interested in learning more about this fascinating woman because she was a generation earlier than my parents and I thought Bessie would help me get a feel for some of the things my mother went through while growing up in Kentucky. As it turns out--and as it usually does for each successive generation--my mother had it a lot easier, but some of the tales about Bessie are similar to stories my Grannie Sue told. What an interesting time to live!

Bessie was born in 1881 in Hot Springs, North Carolina and was closer to her Papa, who was the area constable, than to her Mama who wanted her to be a prim-and-proper Southern belle. Early evidence of her independence is that she denounced the name she was given at birth, declaring she was "Bessie." She seldom answered to the name Vashti again.

I enjoyed the tales of how her father encouraged her independence in such mischievous ways and how her mother always tried to rein her in. (My father was like that with me too; encouraged my mischievousness and that's probably why I'm still a brat...)

Bessie's Cherokee great-grandmother Elisi adds a lot of wisdom, humor and Indian lore to the story. She mocks Bessie's determination to find her own way in life, comparing her to a "whistling woman.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book October 25, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book, being a native North Carolinan. It was engaging and I enjoyed the accurate historic details. I was afraid it would be slow but I didn't. The only criticism was I would like to have read more about the couple after they married.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book... January 9, 2013
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...and I am greatly looking forward to the sequel once it is written.

I loved all the characters and I laughed and cried at this endearing, heart tugging (and at times, heart-wrenching) novel about a family in the mountains of NC.

I was sad to reach the last page and say "so long" to the Norton family. I fell in love with "Bess" (the name she gave herself) and her entire family.

If you like reading about life in the 1800's, mixed with some of the Cherokee traditions, you will not be disappointed with this wonderful little book. I say "little book" because it was not long enough...I was left wanting more, more, more!

THANK YOU AMAZON for recommending this book to me to read, otherwise, I would have missed this treasure.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A southern gal can relate January 14, 2013
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The name of the book and the region caught my attention first. Then the dialog, that is so true to the region, caught me next. A truly well written book that flows so easy, and with details and saying that I've heard all my life. (and still do) Don't pass up this chance at an excellant read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Whistling woman is a nice read February 10, 2013
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Such a sweet little book. It gives a good representation of what life was like back then. It takes you through laughter and great sorrow but always hand in hand with the heroine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow Read October 30, 2013
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this is a slow paced book about the everyday life of mountain people years ago. If you need a slow book to sooth your nerves, this may be it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memoir April 1, 2013
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The kind of book I like, a feel-good book with ups and downs. Real-life, with the good and bad life comes with. I am looking forward to reading the next book about Bessie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Interested in continuing series
CC Tillery uses charming writing style and made me care about her characters. Whistling Woman read like a true story, and I like that it is based on the life of a family member. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Carol Black
2.0 out of 5 stars No Fascination for Reader
I found this book boring - Amatuer writing - nothing offered to completely fascinate me - kept waiting for something MORE!!!!! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sharon R. Sprunger
4.0 out of 5 stars whistling woman
Loved it..the closeness Bessie had with hrt dad reminded me of me and my own dad ..the way he told me of my ancestry..Castilion heritage from Spain
Published 1 day ago by Betsy Rivera
4.0 out of 5 stars Good wholesome reading--lots of folklore
I could really relate to the characters as I grew up in the heart of Appalachia. I was familiar with some of the folklore and that made the characters so real.. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer alma norine
5.0 out of 5 stars Living in her story
What a delightful story. I could feel myself living in the story, the writing is sensational as is the story telling. I could not put the book down.
Published 2 days ago by gwem wright
3.0 out of 5 stars A Better Second Half
This book has many wonderful things going for it. It takes place in the mountains of North Carolina in the last five years of the 19th century. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Walking Woman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Very good story & even better writing style. Anxious to read some of CC Tillery's other books. Characterizations were superb!
Published 4 days ago by Debbie Lindquist
4.0 out of 5 stars Whistling woman
Great story of folklore, superstitious beliefs, family and romance, looking forward to reading moonfixer as soon as I can, thanks
Published 5 days ago by Feezo
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story
Many tidbits of information about folklore of the period. The story was simple, sweet and heartfelt. The main character was an example of how women have progressed over time.
Published 5 days ago by Janice L Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Whistling Women
Held my interest, to the ending, & made me want to continue her life journey . Representive of the life & times of that area.
Published 5 days ago by MARY ANn Mary Ann Barbeau
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